23rd Match (D/N), Abu Dhabi, Mar 4 2019, Pakistan Super League
(17.4/20 ov)166/2
Gladiators won by 8 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
player of the match
Shane Watson
Quetta Gladiators
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• Peter Della Penna

Shane Watson's unbeaten 91 seals Quetta's PSL playoff spot

Zalmi paid for a conservative approach through the early and middle parts of their innings, which meant Kamran Akmal's quickfire fifty went in vain

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Commentator: Liam Brickhill (@gomorezvidinha
Scorecard summary
Peshawar Zalmi165/4(20 overs)
Quetta Gladiators166/2(17.4 overs)

6.56pm The Watson show comes to an end! He's played some strong hands in this tournament, with scores of 81* and 61 previously, but this was the best of the lot. His unbeaten 91 has turned what could have been a tricky chase into a very simple one. He was well supported by Ahmed Shehzad, who didn't look at his best but nonetheless contributed 50 to a match-winning 129-run stand. Had Zalmi had a few more spinners to turn to, and had they held their catches, the result could have been different. But as it is, this win takes Gladiators to the top of the points table. Shane Watson is named Player of the Match.

"That was a beautiful wicket to bat on," says Watson. "A bit of pace and bounce in it, and something closer to what I'm used to in Australia. One of those days where things go to plan. I enjoy batting second."

Faizan Abbas: "Wahab last ball was no ball. In the next match will the first ball consider as the free hit or a normal delivery?" -- No, there's no carry-over in that regard!

Abhijato: "Watson rolled back the years more effectively than a VHS tape, and one-upped fellow veteran Kamran Akmal. Both teams are more or less through to the knockouts, and hence will gladly take positives as well as the negatives from the match - Shahzad is still a decent anchor, Pollard is in form, and his blitzes have not been one-offs. Akmal has shown he still has some, and might peak in time for the business end of the tournament. Also, you can't always depend on Hasan Ali if you want to win the PSL"

Wahab Riaz to Watson, (no ball)

ah, and that's that! Wahab digs in another bouncer, but he's over-stepped and the umpire signals no-ball to bring the match to an end

Wahab Riaz to Watson, no run

the scores are level, but Wahab continues to give Watson no quarter, digging in another bouncer to send him ducking for cover

Wahab Riaz to Watson, FOUR runs

Watson hurrying now with the finish line in sight, chopping a cut down to third man for another boundary

Wahab Riaz to Watson, 1 wide

Wahab keeps Watto honest with a nippy bouncer that forces the batsman to take evasive action ... but it's dug in too short, and called wide

Wahab Riaz to Watson, SIX runs

how has this gone for six? Watson jams his bat down on what looked like a bouncer, and somehow lifts it up and over backward point for six. That must be a very good bat. He had plenty of pace to work with too

Wahab Riaz to Watson, 2 runs

slapped through cover, and they're back for a second

Abhijato: "Would just like to inform anyone following the match that Imran Tahir will retire after this World Cup. Hopefully, he can turn into a caped franchise crusader like Watson after the tournament, and come to the PSL where he will like the tracks. He's been the most sensational LOI spinner the Proteas have ever had in their team. Here's to hoping this World Cup gives him many reasons to run all the way to Cape Town. Cheers, Imran!"

end of over 1711 runs
QG: 152/2CRR: 8.94 RRR: 4.67 • Need 14 from 18b
Rilee Rossouw12 (4)
Shane Watson79 (50)
Hasan Ali3-0-23-0
Umaid Asif4-0-46-1
Hasan Ali to Rossouw, SIX runs

hoicked out of wide long on! Rossouw muscles a full one well over the boundary to raise the 150

Hasan Ali to Watson, 1 run

punched firmly back at the bowler, who can't get his hands behind it and allows a single

Hadi: "Just joined in. Quetta have been smooth! Quite surprising to see a much much better crowd in AD than Dubai. Surprising because AD stadium is far away and reachability is not as close and as easy as Dubai stadium. Good to see some crowd turn up on a working day!"

Hasan Ali to Rossouw, 1 run

flicked through midwicket with plenty of bottom hand for one more

Hasan Ali to Watson, 1 run

thrashed out through cover, but straight to the sweeper at the boundary

Omair Patel: "Since Corey Anderson bouncer has hit Ahmed Shehzad on head, He is not the same Ahmed Shehzad. Something has happened to him."

Hasan Ali to Rossouw, 1 run

round the stumps comes Hasan, Rossouw working with the angle to glance the ball into the leg side

Hasan Ali to Watson, 1 leg bye

slower bouncer from Hasan, and Watson's through his pull too early but flexes his pecs to collect a quick single off the body

Mohammed Taha U: "The issue with many of these players - Kamran Akmal, Shehzad etc - is that they don't want to inherit the team spirit that Arthur has implemented on the team. None the less Akmal isn*t a better keeper than Saf and both imam and fakhar are better openers than Shehzad. Umar Akmal is the only player that is "needed" in pak team to challenge Asif Ali"

end of over 1613 runs • 1 wicket
QG: 141/2CRR: 8.81 RRR: 6.25 • Need 25 from 24b
Rilee Rossouw4 (1)
Shane Watson77 (47)
Umaid Asif4-0-46-1
Wahab Riaz3-0-23-0
Umaid Asif to Rossouw, FOUR runs

Rossouw's off the mark with a boundary, double-stepping the tall quick and slashing outside off to send a thick edge bouncing down to third man

Umaid Asif to Shehzad, OUT

bowled him! Umaid sprints in and delivers his best ball of the day, a quick yorker at 140km/h. Shehzad has a go at it, but the ball zips under his bat and clatters into the stumps

Ahmed Shehzad b Umaid Asif 50 (45b 5x4 0x6) SR: 111.11
Umaid Asif to Watson, 1 run

nurdled to leg for one more

Zain: "Putting aside all the trolls, I think Ahmed Shehzad has played a safe innings here and allowing Watson to be the aggressor which resulted in a good partnership between the two but yeah he is capable of making T20 into the test match, No offense just a little troll :P"

Umaid Asif to Shehzad, 1 run

swatted into the leg side, and Shehzad finds a single to raise his fifty

Umaid Asif to Watson, 1 run

slower ball yorker, the ball almost dipping past Watson's push down the ground but connecting with the very bottom of the bat

Ali Hashmi: "Oo Liam, thy commentary brings joy and warmth in gloomy and chilly winter morning in Toronto (-10C temperature here). Loving the way Watto is batting." -- Wow, -10 does not sound too friendly. Get the covers on!

Umaid Asif to Shehzad, 1 run

flicked off the toes for a single to midwicket

Umaid Asif to Shehzad, 5 wide

hurled way down the leg side, past the batsman, past the keeper and away for five wides

Shahzad Iftikha: "Similar to Finch, test cricket didn't helped Shahzad's cause, He was way more fearless and aggressive in the limited version before. "

end of over 1512 runs
QG: 128/1CRR: 8.53 RRR: 7.60 • Need 38 from 30b
Shane Watson75 (45)
Ahmed Shehzad48 (42)
Wahab Riaz3-0-23-0
Umaid Asif3-0-33-0
Wahab Riaz to Watson, no run

Watson backs away from a slower ball, but the ball dies off the track and scoots under his attempted cut

Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossQuetta Gladiators, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan Super League
Player Of The Match
Shane Watson
Shane Watson
Hours of play (local time)15.30 start, First Session 15.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.20, Second Session 17.20- 18.50
Match days4 March 2019 - daynight(20-over match)
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Asif Yaqoob
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Ranmore Martinesz
TV Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Reserve Umpire
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Faisal Afridi
Match Referee
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Mohammed Anees
PointsQuetta Gladiators 2, Peshawar Zalmi 0